Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch
No differences reported
between the vinyl and the CD versions.
ESSENTIAL VERSIONS FOR COMPLETISTS: Any version. [completist's guide]
- Original vinyl (Barking Pumpkin FW
38066 in the US, CBS 85804 in the UK, May 1982)
- Canadian vinyl (Epic Records PW 38066, lyric sheet insert)
- Digitally remastered vinyl (EMI EMC-3501 1985? Capitol
ST-6534, 1982?) (might be the same as the version below!)
- UK re-issue (Fame FA 3180?)
- Portuguese vinyl (EMI 26 08141)
- Israeli vinyl (CBS 85804, with a little Hebrew print on the
- Argentine vinyl (EMI 5318 - in a "Fame" series)
- Brazilian vinyl
- Japanese vinyl (CBS/Sony 25AP
- Korean vinyl (High Light STEREO 339, blue-on-white cover,
quite possibly counterfeit, and "originally ROUGH".)
- Original Euro CD coupled with The Man from Utopia (EMI CDP
7-90074-2, April 1986 or June 1988)
- Original US CD (Barking Pumpkin D2-74235, June 1991)
- UK CD re-issue (Zappa Records CDZAP 42, June 1991)
- Zappa Records cassette (TZAPPA42)
- Japanese CD (VACK 5088)
- Russian picture CD (JPCD UL 98493)
- 1995 CD (Ryko RCD 10537, May 2 1995;
VACK 5088 in Japan, renumbered
5223 in 1998)
- Japanese paper-sleeve CD
(Ryko/VACK 1243, May 29 2002 - black & white inner sleeve with
Shut Up & Play Yer Guitar ad
& printed lyrics; sticker included)
- 2012 UMe CD (Zappa Records ZR3865
September 25, 2012)
From Robert Cloos:
The UK version also had a bonus 7-inch single with material
from the Shut Up & Play Yer Guitar box.
The Dutch version has an inner sleeve with Shut
Up & Play Yer Guitar ads.
The single was CBS EPX 147, "The Frank Zappa EP":
1. Shut Up & Play Yer Guitar
2. Variations on the Carlos Santana Secret Chord Progression
3. Why Johnny Can't Read
The catalogue number CBS EPX 147 has been confirmed, but some
sources have CBS 85804
instead. Information wanted!
From RIFF RAFF FROM MICHIGAN:
I seem to remember the inner sleeve saying something about
the album being
mixed to sound correct on JBL (model number) speakers or equivalent.
your tone controls to the flat position and listen that way before
bass or treble enhancements (my paraphrasing). I remember being
that note. Of course, the album sounded like crap on my stereo with
settings ... I obviously didn't have JBL or equivalent speakers.
The Japanese version of this album had quite a unique,
beautiful obi with all sorts of excessive extremes on it.
From Mikael Agardsson:
The LP comes with an English lyric sheet and a message from FZ, and also with a dual-sided poster
(59x89 cm) with the lyrics in Japanese and some drawings (made by Moon
as a child?).
Message from FZ
Here is the message from FZ that came with most or all vinyl
Dear Maniac Person:
When the three individual Shut Up
& Play Yer Guitar albums were made available by mail order last
year, the response in the United States was fantastic ... it was
even more fantastic in Europe when CBS released them as a deluxe boxed
set around Christmas time. The reviews in the rock press were all
outrageous, and to everyone's suprise, Shut Up
& Play Yer Guitar received several awards for various types of
excellence ... also, some people thought the albums were a hot
item to import into the U.S.
As a result of the record store interest in these special
discs, Barking Pumpkin has decided to make the deluxe triple-LP
set available now as an over-the-counter item, simultaneously with the
release of Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch.
If you don't have a copy yet, go grab one ... the
supply is limited.
FZ [in Zappa's hand]
7720 SUNSET BLVD., LOS ANGELES, CA 90046 (213) 851-5461
StatusBaby sends over an interesting theory/rant/explanation:
Either the Digitally Remastered EMI EMC-3501 release was
re-released as Fame FA 3180 (which I doubt) OR they are one and the
[The front cover] shows the front cover with the DIGITALLY
REMASTERED stapline across the top (although due to the limitations of
my scanner just IGITALLY remastered here!) and the ----Fame--- logo in
the top right corner.
[The rear cover] shows the rear cover - showing the ---Fame--- logo and
stating "Distributed by Music For Pleasure Limited, Hayes, Middlesex"
followed by the 1980s EMI logo.
[The label to the right] shows the Side One Label showing both the EMC
3501 serial number and the Fame 3180 serial number.
Music For Pleasure or MFP was EMIs budget label - familiar to all
people in the UK as a source of truly terrible recordings and constant
rehashings of old recordings. Think 'Tijuana Brass Meets The Beatles'
or 'The Geoff Love Orchestra Play Sci-Fi Disco Themes' and your almost
there. These were the records that sold with the price usually printed
on the sleeve - and they would be less than half price of a new
release. I remember buying MFP albums for 99p when a chart album was
£2.99. They were all about cheesy repackaging and reprocessing. See the
excellent vinylvulture site for more details
By the 1980s the Music For Pleasure label had lost all respect and
street cred - and no-one would want to be seen dead with a MFP LP. Even
the best known respectable record on MFP - Pink Floyd's 'Relics' was
re-issued (it almost never went out of print) on another EMI related
label. Hence the invention of the Fame label - designed specifically as
a reissue label - but aimed at a more street-cred audience. The Fame
label released music by The Buzzcocks and Kate Bush as well as Zappa -
and it is my bet that this SATLTSADW remastered edition went straight
to the Fame label.
However - I could be wrong - you just need to find someone with a
Digitally Remastered copy that does not mention Fame.
Euro CD coupled with THE MAN FROM UTOPIA
Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch and The
Man from Utopia were originally released on CD in Europe as a
set: both albums on one CD. (The The
Man from Utopia CD
version is rather different from the vinyl.)
From Scott Shupe:
Here is the weird part: The Man from Utopia (1983)
is first, tracks 1-10, then Ship
Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch (1982), tracks 11-16. No
All subsequent CDs had more elaborate packaging than this:
pictures of Frank and Moon, letters from Moon and a fake consumer
report written by Zappa.
Official Ryko statement: "New master. New timing sheet." [full statement]
Thomas Marrot points out that there are slight audio
differences between the 1995 release and earlier releases (they sync,
but don't cancel out perfectly), meaning that some slight EQ was
applied to the 1995 iteration. They're more or less audibly identical,
From Dan Watkins:
The 1995 CD has more photos than the LP,
including the front cover of the 1982 "Valley Girl/You Are What You Is"
single and some 1991 photos of Frank and Moon. It also has two letters
written by Moon and a fake consumer report on the album. [These
were also on the Zappa Records CD and original US CD - Ed.]
Japanese Paper-Sleeve Version (2001-2002)
Starting in 2001, Video Arts Music released a limited-edition series (2000
copies each) of Zappa CDs in
paper sleeves - miniature LP sleeves. There was nothing special about this
series other than the covers, which were very well done - inserts and
"bonuses" were reproduced, the albums that originally had gatefold
covers got little miniature gatefolds, and cover track lists were exactly as on
the corresponding LPs, even in cases where the CD has bonus tracks or a
different track order. Included in this series were some entries that never had
"proper" LP issues, i.e. Läther. Additionally, some rarities--like the "green/gold"
cover of Chunga's Revenge--were reproduced as special items in this run.
We need to stress that the sound quality of these discs matches the US
Ryko issues, which they are clearly derived from. These are collectors
items, not new remastered editions.
Late-2012-update: It appears as if the Japanese may be warming up the
mini-LP ovens for a new batch based on the 2012 UMe remasters. We'll let you
know if this happens.
2012 UMe CD
Taken from the 1993 digital master, and reported to be the same.
BluesBro notes something interesting in the credits:
"Applause to Sotero Delgado at SD Video Engineering for Emergency BVU
Lunar Landings and to the makers of the Lindberg/Blue Convenction Oven
What does this mean? Could it be an indication that the Ryko digital
master was not used? Is this note on other 'non-remastered' albums?
- Any details on cassette versions?
- Mikael Agardsson
- Victor Dubiler
- Richard Kolke
- Bossk (R)
- Gonçalo Falcão